Hills of the Shatemuc
"You and I must pay that money off, Will."
"Ay -- but still there's a question which is the best way to do it," said Rufus.
"The best way, I've a notion," said Winthrop looking round at his cattle, -- "is not to take too long noon-spells in the afternoon."
"Stop a bit. Sit down! -- I want to speak to you. Do you want to spend all your life following the oxen?"
Winthrop stopped certainly, but he waited in silence.
"What do you want to do?"
"I don't know -- something --"
"What is the matter, Will?"
"Matter?" -- said the other, while his fine features shewed the changing lights and shadows of a summer day, -- "why Winthrop, that I am not willing to stay here and be a ploughman all my life, when I might be something better!"
The other's heart beat. But after an instant, he answered calmly,
"How can you be anything better, Will?"
"Do you think all the world lies under the shadow of Wut-a- qut-o?"
"What do you mean?"
"Do you think